Highfield was founded in 1918 by Miss Evelyn Hadfield and operated as a PNEU school (Parents’ National Education Union). It was made into an Educational Charitable Trust in 1966.

Charlotte Masonphoto of Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason founded the PNEU, Parents’ National Education Union, in 1887. Miss Mason was a forward thinking educationalist of her era. Her philosophy continues to this day that all children are individuals and should be treated as such and the curriculum should be exciting, encouraging all children to become self-motivated.

The ethos of the PNEU is still found at Highfield as we encourage all parents to be actively involved in the education of their child, believing that such co-operation and team-work will be of the greatest benefit.

We strive for excellence in every aspect of life, at school and at home, in academic pursuits and in games. Kindness to others, tolerance, conscientiousness and good sportsmanship are all encouraged. Most importantly, we believe that learning must be fun!

The work of Charlotte Mason and Evelyn Hadfield is still commemorated in the school as our houses are called Mason, Hadfield and Tovey, after another of our past headmistresses.